KTM’s bikes in India through Bajaj – Will it work?

Nazish

Nazish Siddiqui,

KTM_690_Duke_2008KTM 690 Duke could be the entry level KTM initially and its prices are not known

Bajaj Auto is planning to introduce Austrian bike manufacturer KTM’s range of products in India in the next two months or probably during the Auto Expo.

Bajaj seems to be very active in this budget performance motorcycle segment. By tying up with Kawasaki and introducing the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, it is getting ready to launch KTM bikes in India.

This should be an encouraging sign for other bike makers to enter India and sell performance motorcycles. Enthusiasts as usual will be delighted to sit and feel these motorcycles from their saddles.

KTM is planning to launch its Duke 690 model which will be followed by models like 990 Superduke and 690 Supermoto. These bikes are expected to be displayed at the 2010 Auto Expo. Apart from launching their bikes in India, KTM is also planning to bring their entire range of bike accessories and riding gear in the country. KTM is also planning to organize motorcycle tours in India which will be a boost to the biking culture in our country.

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Technical specs of Duke 690

Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement 654 cc
Bore x stroke 102 / 80 mm (4.01 / 3.15″)
Performance (homologated) 48 kW / 7500 rpm
Max. torque 67 Nm / 5500 rpm
Compression ratio 11.8:1
Starter/Battery E-Starter / 12 V 8.6 Ah
Transmission 6 gears, dog clutch engagement
Fuel Mixture Generation Keihin EFI with EPT (Electr. Power Throttle)
Control 4 V / OHC with roller rocker levers
Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Engine lubrication Motorex, fully synthetic, SAE 10W-60
Primary drive 36:79
Final drive 16:40
Cooling Liquid cooled
Clutch APTC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Motor Management Keihin EMS
Frame Chromium-Molybdenum trellis frame, powder coated
Subframe Aluminium 7020
Handlebar Aluminium, Ø 28 / 22 mm (1.10 / 0.87″), tapered
Front suspension WP USD Ø 48 mm (1.89″)
Rear suspension WP mono shock with Pro-Lever linkage
Suspension travel front/rear 140 / 140 mm (5.51 / 5.51″)
Front brake Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm (12.6″)
Rear brake Brembo single piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm (9.45″)
Rims, front/rear Cast aluminium wheels 3.5 x 17″; 5 x 17″
Tires, front/rear 120/70 R 17″; 160/60 R 17″
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
Battery 12 V / 8.6 Ah
Main silencer Stainless steel underfloor silencer with integrated catalytic converter
Steering head angle 63.5°
Trail 115 mm (4.53″)
Wheel base 1472 ± 15 mm (57.95 ± 0.59″)
Ground clearance (unloaded) 155 mm (6.1″)
Seat height 865 mm (34.06″)
Tank capacity approx. 13.5 liters / 2.5 liters reserve (3.56 / 0.66 gal)
Weight (no fuel) approx. 148.5 kg (327.4 lbs)

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